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    Right

    I went through the same process last year on coilovers, and made the decision to change everything affecting it.

    I bought the AP Sportfahrwerke Coilovers , had a look at them at AMD, good German quality.

    As my car is mainly for track days getting the set up and balance was important. Done this many times but not on a Z3. Please bare in mind though this setup is excellent on the road, compliant and very pointy/grippy as the springs and dampers are doing all the work, not the bushes and body flexing.

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    AP coilovers, but changed the front springs to 350lbs with no assistors and different coil caps

    Adjustable rose jointed top mounts, with negative camber on front

    Polybused all round

    E-tech strut brace

    new wishbones (ie all ball joints are new)

    new drop links

    modified rear ARB, to help with location

    Corner weights balanced as well 52/48

    the neg camber on the front helps turn in no-end
    the car is well balanced and handles very neutral

    i am also running 18" wheels, with 225's all round for balance. no tramlining, perfect


    hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster View Post
    I agree!! - I had Eibach springs with KYB AGX (top mount adjustables) and TRD top mounts on my MR2 and it was a very good set up..

    However, I've decided for the Zed that I'm going to go down the coilover route.. I'm just doing the spade work just now as I'm soon to be fitting new rims on the car (18x8.5 front and 18x9.5 rear.. that is as soon as they arrive from the states!! LOL!) so the coilovers should give a little more clearance in the spring seat department as well as helping to make it look a little less like a 4x4..
    Be careful of this, the coilover spring seats sit lower than standard, you will more than likely have to run spacers on the front. my fronts are 8.5 ET38 and i run 3mm spacers to clear the coil/platform
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    Quote Originally Posted by markrnorton View Post
    Be careful of this, the coilover spring seats sit lower than standard, you will more than likely have to run spacers on the front. my fronts are 8.5 ET38 and i run 3mm spacers to clear the coil/platform
    thanks Mark!.. my new front wheels are 18x8.5 ET40 iirc so probably won't be able to confirm if I need to run spacers until they arrive.. probably be quite tight - although I've seen people run the above spec wheels on coilovers on the US board with apparantly no issues..

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    you'll soon know once you put the wheel. took me a few times/measurements before i got the spacing right

    you can always run shorter springs and mover the lower platform higher.

    the shox you have orders look good. let us know how you get on

    i would, if you havent already, replace bushes and defo get the strutbrace
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    had weitec on other cars in the past- very good !
    KW quality and build in zinc plated rather than innox.
     
     

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    just realised that I forgot to post the FK Silverline spring rates:

    Front spring = 70N/mm (7.1 kg)
    Rear spring (progressive) = 58N/mm (5.9 kg) for the first 25mm and 80N/mm (8.1 kg) for 50mm

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    so fronts, in english are 398lbs/inch

    gumshield and spine protector on standby

    should be ok

    are you going to be running 16", 17" or 18" wheels ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by markrnorton View Post
    so fronts, in english are 398lbs/inch

    gumshield and spine protector on standby

    should be ok

    are you going to be running 16", 17" or 18" wheels ???
    staggered 18" Beyern Multi's (18x8.5 fronts and 18x9.5 rears): http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...669/page2.html

    I think the springs might be a bit firmer due to the extra weight of the 2.8?

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    ah yes, forgot about that

    weight no issue with the 1.9 !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster View Post
    Bit of a sweeping statement there with absolutely no facts to back it up!! Millions of pounds on suspension development?? Are you having a laugh!? I didn't know BMW made suspension either.. I thought they would have sourced these from Bose or Sachs or one of the other myriad of third party suppliers they use..
    companies such as bmw do have a mega mega budget to get the setup right, as i said its a comprimise between handling and comfort. however the research and development is done in house with the final design contracted out to companies such as boch to produce the finished item.

    i would put money on it that round a track 2 identical cars, a standard set up with good tyres and correctly aligned would be quicker and nicer to drive.

    companies like jamex Do not have the budget to produce a set up that would meet the same standards of that of the maufacture.

    the thing to consider is for the most of us and i assume youl be using this car 90% on the road, cheap coilover kits are not the way, yes they will make your car stiff and give it a more agressive ride, but if your not a track racer why are they needed.

    i pull my hair out most weeks in work when a golf or a bmw or what ever comes in and asks for a four wheel alignment, these cheap kits are hellish to work with ,setting top mount cambers and the like is a night-mare, once you have them fitted and you go to your local dealer for a proper four wheel alignment youl find out exactly what i meane.
     
     

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